Kodiak Daily Mirror - Walker officially takes City Council seat
  
Walker officially takes City Council seat
by James Brooks/ editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
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The Kodiak City Council officially welcomed Rich Walker during a brief meeting Thursday night in which the Kodiak Football League president took the oath of office and assumed the position of outgoing councilman Mark Anthony Vizcocho.

"It was a good battle," Vizcocho said as he turned over his office.

Vizcocho, vice president of the Filipino-American Association of Kodiak, said he will spend more time with that organization and with his family. He said the election was a win-win: "If I won with the votes, I get to serve the community again; If I didn't, I just get to spend more time with my family."

Councilman Gabriel Saravia, who was re-elected during last week's municipal vote, was not present at Thursday's meeting and will take his oath of office at 2 p.m. today, city clerk Debra Marlar said.

In other business, the city council voted unanimously to approve a $170,000 contract with Brechan Enterprises to repair a retaining wall along Mission Road.

The retaining wall holds up a portion of the road and may not survive another winter, according to engineering estimates.

After a request for bids returned no results, the city acted in an unusual fashion, using an emergency clause to award Brechan a sole-source contract by tucking the retaining wall work into a previously issued contract for work along Shelikof Street.

"This is very critical," city manager Aimee Kniaziowski said. "The wall is literally disintegrating."

The bid for the work does not include the cost of repaving any portions of Mission Road that may need work after the wall is installed.

The council also:

• proclaimed Filipino-American History month;

• authorized a $39,900 change order for the Baranof Park Improvements Project covering perimeter fencing and incidental costs;

• accepted a $1.3 million state grant to replace water and sewer pipes in the Aleutian Homes district;

• and officially certified the Oct. 2 municipal election.

The city council next meets Oct. 23 for a regular work session. Its next regular meeting is Oct. 30.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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